It is a great sadness to hear Ted Haggard’s confessions. This emphasises the importance of Paul’s exhortation to Timothy… 16Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
What do you do when there is serious sexual sin in the church of God?
– pray for God’s people at New Life Church in Colorado.
– pray for Ted, his family and his children. Obviously this will seriously affect his realtiosnhip with his wife, his children and God. Pray that he will be able to give up the lifestyle of homosexuality. Remember Paul’s words to the Corinthians…
Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
– pray for your pastor! Pray that he will be sexually pure!
– Listen to God’s word and take the warnings seriously. Don’t mess with sin. 12So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! 13No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:12-13
It is worth reading Ted’s statement and a letter from his wife to the women at New life Church. Obviously the media has sensationalised this event and we can easily forget that this couple are real Christian people wrestling with sin in their life.